Tragically, a Caltrans worker was struck by a vehicle and killed on June 20. The worker was hit while picking up debris on I-15 north at the eastbound state Route 94 on-ramp. He is the third Caltrans worker to be killed on duty since early May. Since 1972, 90 Caltrans workers have been killed on the job.
In addition to the dangers posed to Caltrans workers, work zones also can be dangerous to other drivers. The California Department of Transportation recommends that in order to stay safe, you remember the following work zone safety tips:
Perhaps most importantly, do not speed. The speed limits that are posted in work zones are posted there for a reason. Many of the accidents that occur in work zones occur because of speeding.
Stay alert. Look for workers and lane shifts, and drive with caution. Don’t use a cell phone while driving in a work zone, as this can shift your attention away from potential hazards.
Expect that there will be delays, particularly during high traffic times. If you know there will be construction on your route, plan an alternate route in advance. If you do run into delays in work zones, be patient.
Allow plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. In work zones, there are often unexpected stops or slow downs, so give yourself plenty of room in which to stop.
Turn on your headlights so other drivers can see you, even during the daytime.
Work zone accidents are not uncommon. If you have been involved in a construction zone accident, contact Orange County accident attorney Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216 to protect your legal rights and help you navigate the red tape involved in an accident case.